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Activity Overview


As students are introduced to Greek mythology, it's helpful for them to start off understanding symbols! Symbols are extremely important when discussing the Greek gods and goddesses. Both major and minor gods had symbols and physical attributes that identified them. Each god and goddess had their own domain of power and influence, which often pointed to items, plants, and animals. Some symbols only became associated with a god because of one of the myths and remained as an identifier in art and literature.

In this activity, students will create representations of various Greek gods, the number of which is at the teacher's discretion. Students will create a traditional storyboard with titles (names) and descriptions. In each cell, students need to depict the god with a scene and at least one item or animal. While there are characters who are intended to be the Greek gods and goddesses in the "Greek Mythology" tab on Storyboard That, students should feel open to choosing any character they like to represent the gods.


The example below includes the twelve Olympians and an additional four. Hades and Hestia are siblings of Zeus, Persephone is the daughter of Demeter and wife to Hades, and Hercules is a famous demi-god who ascended to Olympus at his death. Feel free to provide your students a list of gods and goddesses, or even have them illustrate as many as they can think of!


Greek Gods and Goddesses Symbols

NAMESYMBOL/ATTRIBUTE NAMESYMBOL/ATTRIBUTE
Zeus
  • Sky
  • Eagle
  • Lightning bolt
Hera
  • Peacock
  • Diadem
  • Cow
Poseidon
  • Sea
  • Trident
  • Horse
Demeter
  • Field
  • Cornucopia
  • Grain
Hephaestus
  • Volcano
  • Forge
  • Hammer
Aphrodite
  • Rose
  • Dove
  • Mirror
Apollo
  • Sun
  • Serpent
  • Lyre
Artemis
  • Moon
  • Deer/Stag
  • Bow
Athena
  • Architecture
  • Owl
  • Medusa's Head
Ares
  • Spear
  • Boar
  • Shield
Hermes
  • Winged Sandals
  • Winged Hat
  • Caduceus
Dionysus
  • Wine/grapes
  • Exotic animals
  • Thyrsus
Hades
  • Underworld
  • Cerberus
  • Helm of Invisibility
Hestia
  • Home
  • Hearth
  • Sacred Fire
Persephone
  • Spring
  • Pomegranate
Hercules
  • Nemean Lion Skin
  • Club

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 6-8

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual

Type of Activity: Themes, Symbols & Motifs

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/9-10/3] Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/9-10/7] Analyze the representation of a subject or a key scene in two different artistic mediums, including what is emphasized or absent in each treatment (e.g., Auden’s “Musée des Beaux Arts” and Breughel’s Landscape with the Fall of Icarus)


Template and Class Instructions

(These instructions are completely customizable. After clicking "Use This Assignment With My Students", update the instructions on the Edit Tab of the assignment.)



Student Instructions

Create a storyboard depicting important symbols for Olympians in Greek Mythology.

  1. Use the template provided by your teacher.
  2. Identify important symbols for each god or goddess.
  3. Illustrate each cell with appropriate images, scenes, characters, and items.
  4. Save and submit your storyboard.


Rubric

(You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)



Symbolism
Create a storyboard that identifies important symbols in the story. Illustrate each symbol and write a short description that explains the significance to the story.
Proficient Emerging Beginning Needs Improvement
Identification of Symbols
All symbols are correctly identified as objects that represent something else at a higher level in the story.
Most symbols are correctly identified, but some objects are missing or incomplete.
Most symbols are missing, incomplete, or incorrect.
No symbols are correctly identified.
Examples and Descriptions
Quotes and examples are accurate to the symbols that are being identified. Descriptions accurately explain the symbols and highlight their significance to the story.
Most quotes and examples are accurate to the symbols that are being identified. Descriptions mostly accurately explain the symbols, and highlight their significance to the story.
Most quotes and examples are minimal, incorrect, or unrelated to the symbols that are being identified. Descriptions contain inaccuracies in their explanations, or do not highlight their significance to the story.
Examples and descriptions are missing or too minimal to score.
Depiction
Depictions chosen for symbols are accurate to the story and reflect time, effort, thought, and care with regard to placement and creation of the scenes.
Depictions chosen for symbols are mostly accurate to the story. They reflect time and effort put into placement and creation of the scenes.
Depictions chosen for symbols are inaccurate to the story. The depictions may be rushed or show minimal effort, time, and care put into placement and creation of the scenes.
Most depictions are missing too many elements or are too minimal to score. Little time or effort has been put into placement and creation of the scenes.
English Conventions
There are no errors in spelling, grammar, or mechanics throughout the storyboard. All writing portions reflect careful proofreading and accuracy to the story.
There are a few errors in spelling, grammar, and mechanics throughout the storyboard. All writing portions show accuracy to the story and some proofreading.
There are several errors in spelling, grammar, and mechanics throughout the storyboard. Most writing portions do not reflect proofreading or accuracy to the story.
Errors in spelling, grammar, and mechanics in writing portions of the storyboard seriously interfere with communication.




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